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Croikee

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04-12-2021 02:49 AM

I’m a lifelong Seahawks fan, which is important to this post simply for the context of you all knowing I have good taste.

I recently found a ticket from 1987, the first game my father ever took me to. I wanted to save it, of course.

I had a thought of taking a piece of maple, routing out the middle, laying the ticket in, then sealing it in with resin. So, I routed out the middle of a piece of maple. I’ve since stained the maple, sanded back, and added blue dye. My next step is to sand back again and add some green dye, going for a fade from blue to green look.

After dye, my plan was to glue the ticket in the middle, then spray 2-3 coats of dewaxed shellac to protect the ticket itself from the epoxy. Then, pour the epoxy, let it cure, then seal with GF Enduro Clear Poly.

Is this sound? My biggest question is how to make sure the epoxy pour is level with the wood around it, so that I don’t have a dip in the finish when I get done with the top coat.

Open to any thoughts, tips, concerns. This ticket is valuable to me, don’t want to screw it up.

And yes, I WILL be practicing on scrap wood first . Thank you everyone!


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 04-12-2021 03:09 AM

Getting it level with the wood will be a problem. Usually, you pour the resin slightly proud of the surrounding surface and then sand it down so everything is flush after it has cured. If you didn’t stain first, that wouldn’t be much of a problem… but with the staining first, the sanding will probably mess that up a bit.

Cheers,
Brad

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Croikee

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#2 posted 04-12-2021 03:30 AM



Getting it level with the wood will be a problem. Usually, you pour the resin slightly proud of the surrounding surface and then sand it down so everything is flush after it has cured. If you didn t stain first, that wouldn t be much of a problem… but with the staining first, the sanding will probably mess that up a bit.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

I’m actually okay sanding, as I’m dying in layers, and still have the third layer of green to put on. If you dye over epoxy does it wipe right off?

Also, plenty of maple left, I can always start another piece.

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#3 posted 04-12-2021 05:00 AM


Getting it level with the wood will be a problem. Usually, you pour the resin slightly proud of the surrounding surface and then sand it down so everything is flush after it has cured. If you didn t stain first, that wouldn t be much of a problem… but with the staining first, the sanding will probably mess that up a bit.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix
If you dye over epoxy does it wipe right off?

Also, plenty of maple left, I can always start another piece.

- Croikee

Yes, epoxy once cured will not care about dye. I can be painted, say you used it for a repair but dye doesn’t do squat. My apprentice made some stuff with it and experimented with a scrap piece before he made his project for school.

As Brad mentioned do the epoxy first, sand flat then start your dye process.

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#4 posted 04-12-2021 05:28 AM

What I would do personally is get one of those crystal clear acrylic or pvc collectible ticket holders like from a comic book store. Then make a “frame “ opening that this can fit into. That way you don’t ruin the ticket and can change it later when your tastes change.

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CaptainKlutz

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#5 posted 04-12-2021 08:25 AM

+1 clear collectable ticket holder
Use double sided tape to attach the back of plastic holder to wood.

Epoxy has tendency to yellow with age and strong UV exposure. The potting epoxy blends yellow less, and more slowly; thanks to chemistry modifications. But they still turn yellow/amber over time.

Best Luck.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, Doom, despair, agony on me… - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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Croikee

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#6 posted 04-12-2021 07:32 PM

Great ideas everyone. I found a 4×6 acrylic frame that I’ll put the ticket in, then mount that in the routed center, seal the sides real well, and create inlay channels around it. Protects the ticket and should look pretty cool. Thank you all again!

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